Microgrants/Microgrants 2020/Proposal/Mapping HIV-TB vulnerable population around Lake Victoria in response to COVID-19

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Mapping the HIV-TB vulnerable population around Lake Victoria in response to COVID-19 Outbreak
The fishing communities around Lake Victoria were identified as an at risk population to COVID-19 due to a combined HIV-TB prevalence rate of 15%-40% compared to the 7% in the general population. In response to the need to map these communities, this project will entail mapping the 10 fishing communities around Lake Victoria.
budget (Euro)4999.66
location(s)Kampala, Uganda
granteeSolomon Kica
contact(s)• kicamarc22@gmail.com• temadripeace@gmail.com
organization (if applicable)• Resilience Mappers

About your Mapping Community

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Resilience Mappers is a new online mapping community formed in March 2020 after the closure of universities to quickly respond to providing map data in areas where government and aid agencies expect to or have intervention programs in Uganda. Currently we are 5 final year students at Makerere University in Uganda pursuing a bachelors degree in Land surveying and Geomatics. We are all former members of YouthMappers that we joined in 2017 as freshmen and women and have been contributing to OpenStreetMap since then. We hope to provide required geospatial data that is most needed by government and aid agencies in intervention programs against COVID-19. Currently we are located in Kampala, Uganda with three women and two men and we expect to increase our influence and grow our membership and contribution to OSM.

What do you need the grant money for?

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Uganda is plagued by dual TB and HIV epidemics and is the seventh in 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the highest prevalence. In 2019, the fishing communities of Lake Victoria were identified as the most pronounced HIV-TB hotspot co-cluster with a prevalence rate of 15–40% compared to 7% in the general population. With COVID-19 reaching Uganda and having a significant public health impact, the small-scale fishing communities have been listed as an at-risk population. These communities just like agricultural communities are a critical sector contributing to food security thus the government stressed the need for it to stay functional.

However, these are informal settlements lacking running water and sanitation facilities and underserved with HIV support services when compared with other communities. The congregation and mobility of people in tight quarters at fish landing sites, processing plants, markets and on fishing vessels exposes them to risk. The actions taken by relevant authorities like providing correct and accurate information, handwashing stations and supplies including soap, water and food, keeping the elderly and individuals not directly involved in the fishing business away from landing sites and markets require spatial data.

With an aim to map the high HIV-TB burden fishing communities, we hope to collect spatial data that is buildings, roads, service centres such as health facilities, supermarkets, schools and churches that can be used as isolation centres. This project hopes to make a significant contribution to COVID-19 task force response providing a starting point for an informed and targeted intervention towards controlling its spread in these communities.


1. Inception – will conduct meetings on Zoom with stake holders and mapping communities and demonstrate hands-on workshops on the data collection methods, prepare inception reports, prepare training materials and documentation etc.

2. Training – set up training for volunteers from mapping communities across the country (GeoYouthMappers, Mappers for Life, CSGU Mappers, Kyambogo University YouthMappers and YouthMappers at Institute of Survey and Land Management) through online videoconferencing on zoom.

3. Data Collection – will map all the 10 fishing communities surrounding Lake Victoria. Prize competitions will be held among mapping communities for remote mapping in OSM and using street-view imagery. A portal site will be created to display the results of contributions. Remote mapping will be through

a. mapathons to map buildings and roads, markets, playgrounds remotely using JOSM and ID-Editor.

b. using available street view imagery (Mapillary, StreetSide, OpenStreetCam, Pic4carto) to add attribute data to service centres (health facilities, super markets, schools and churches.

c. Shapefiles for health facilities, schools and other utilities will be obtained from the health agencies, government bodies after checking copyright of data allows using it in OSM. This data will then be added to OSM.

4. Quality assurance – Data collected from the above methods will be validated by a team of experienced mappers to prevent map vandalism.

5. Web map – Data collected will be uploaded to a web map repository showing the fishing communities where it can be accessed by locals in the community, NGOs, aid and government agencies.

6. Co-ordinating with stakeholders – Ensuring the data is available in a format the stakeholders can use, such as web maps, static maps, & exports for particular programmes.

7. Promotion – The project will be promoted on social media like twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make contact with the local people to ensure that they take over the role of maintaining the map data that has been prepared.

8. Closing – will include preparing accountabilities, winding up, report writing, and documentation.

The project is expected to take 7 months

Budget breakdown

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Item What we plan to spend money on? Expected cost per unit (Euro) Quantity we plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (Euro) Why is it needed?
1 Airtime 23.518395 5 people per month for 7 months 823.143825 Voice bundles to be bought from telecom companies to facilitate telephone calls. The airtime will be loaded on 5 members’ telephone numbers. This airtime will be used to call local council 5 chairpersons where the fishing communities are, other stakeholders and to facilitate communication between the members and other mapping communities.
2 Laptop 341.2473 5 people 1706.2365 This will be used by the 5 mapping community members who have dedicated their full time to conduct the programming, tasking and running of the project. The laptops will also be used for validating the data remotely mapped from volunteers.
3 Internet access 31.3486371 7 months for 5 people 1097.202299 Internet data bundles will be bought and loaded on 5 telephone contacts of the members of the mapping community. The volunteers and mappers from other communities will connect to the 5 contacts registered to share the internet connection.
4 Zoom account 13.8251271 7 months 96.7758897 This will be used to subscribe to Zoom's host account for 7 months
5 Prize for mappers: Smart phones 111.59709 1 item per month for 4 months 446.38836 To motivate the mappers, 4 phone prizes will be given out in 4 months. The top contributing community in each month will be given a smart phone for motivation. This will be expected to facilitate their field mapping in future after the uplift of lockdown.
5 Solar panel + accessories 171.54594 Lumpsum 171.54594 Due to the lockdown, one of the 5 members of our mapping community cannot access electricity as there are several blackouts that occur almost every week. The solar panel will help him have continuous access to electricity.
7 Web map developer 138.3435 Lumpsum 148.3435 A lumpsum amount will be given to a web map developer as stipend such that he dedicates his/her full time to this output.
8 Facebook promotion 34.12473 7 months 238.87311 This amount will be used to create awareness of the project to stakeholders, donors and community mappers through Facebook. This will ensure that the community takes on the role of contributing to the project even after the grant period expires.
9 Twitter promotion 34.12473 7 months 238.87311 This amount will be used to create awareness of the project to stakeholders, donors and community mappers through Twitter. This will ensure that the community takes on the role of contributing to the project even after the grant period expires.
10 Prize delivery 32.28015 Lumpsum 32.28015 Delivery of the prizes to 4 mapping communities. Due to the lockdown, third party companies will be used to deliver the prizes to the winners.
Total 4999.662683

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

The main objective is to map remotely using JOSM, ID-Editor and street-view imagery 10 different fishing communities with high HIV-TB prevalence over a period of 7 months filling in missing data in these areas.

Expected outcomes.

  1. Build capacity of mappers. Develop technical capacity of local community mappers in using open mapping tools, focusing on remote mapping using street-view imagery and importing existing GIS data. Mapping communities will share knowledge and skills and renew their OSM enthusiasm. About 50 participants from 5 YouthMapper chapters are expected in the trainings. Online feedback forms before and after the trainings will be collected to evaluate the intended target.
  2. Increase number of settlements, roads, service facilities, and possible isolation centres in the fishing communities on OpenStreetMap. The population of fishing communities around Lake Victoria is about 150,000. With an average household of 4 people, over 30,000 household units will be added to OSM. OSMCha will be used to measure this outcome biweekly.
  3. Develop a web map repository of fishing communities of Lake Victoria. Since there is no single inventory of the vulnerable fishing communities in Uganda. A web map repository will be created.
  4. Increase OSM outreach in the community. Social media engagements, number of follow-ups, likes and comments on activities of the project will help determine the success of this outcome.
  5. Increase facilitation of aid and government intervention programs. Biweekly Feedback forms and monthly interviews will be obtained from aid, health organisations and other stakeholders to determine whether they are satisfied with the progress of the project

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

If you receive funding from other organisations currently, please state how much this is, whether the donations are regular or one off, and how these funds have been raised. Please write no more than 300 words. If you have any sources of co-funding for this grant application, please provide details. Examples of this might be if you have any partners who would be willing to match grant funding if you receive it, or if your project has existing funding. Please provide as much detail as possible.

Not at the moment though this application was also submitted to HOT Microgrant: Response to COVID-19.

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.

  1. We would like OSMF to help in sourcing most updated imagery for this project. At the time of preparing this application, we used Bing imagery to spot the data gaps in the fishing communities compared to the available data on OpenStreetMap.
  2. Mapillary has developed tools to assist in adding data to OSM. Since we expect to use it to fill in gaps of service units in the fishing communities, we would appreciate if we get a quick training on how to use these tools.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

I, Solomon Kica of Resilience Mappers, agree to follow the above declaration.


I believe this is a great initiative to induce relief for people around Lake Victoria, so I endorse it. Wava Stella

With the alarming rises in the water levels at the lake Victoria and the same time COVID-19 pandemic, prior remote mapping is very vital for the efficacy of the work of the ground task forces, for their safety too. therefore i endorse this project.Rehema Nakibuuka (talk) 19:31, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Note: The maximum water level of Lake Victoria is controlled by the height of the spillway of the dam wall at Nalubaale Power Station at Jinja. The lake level can be (and is) maintained at a level below the spillway height and is managed by the operators controlling outflows at the dam. I don't expect flooding. Craig.za (talk) 06:44, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Correction & apology - the level of the lake has risen by about 1.2 metres so there is extensive flooding on the edges of the lake in all surrounding countries. Very flat land by the lake has caused the flooding to spread far from the shore, affecting farmland and lakeside settlements. Craig.za (talk) 13:51, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

-Thank you for this feedback, I would like to add though, that recent reports from electricity generators, Eskom, say that they are battling to reduce the rising water levels of the lake following the above normal rains in the past three months. water spilling is ongoing at 2,400 cubic meters of water having started at 1000 cubic meters in March for both Nalubaale and Kiira hydro power stations https://www.independent.co.ug/lake-victoria-now-at-record-high-13-42-metres/ Also allow me refer to one of the recent reports about the ongoing floods mostly in the fishing communities around the lake.~https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-Lake-Victoria-waters-swallowvillages-Lambu-Kaziru-Kisuku/688334-5553556-k4g7frz/index.html~. Thank you! Rehema Nakibuuka.

The information from this project will provide a valuable starting point for an informed intervention since areas with high disease prevalence rates need to be identified first.Thus i proudly endorse this project as a positive step forward towards a TB & HIV free community!!Joweria Namirembe (talk) 20:29, 20 May 2020 (UTC)Joweria Namirembe

This will be a greate project since the people who have other kind of diseases such as HIV, TB and many others are more volunarable to COVID-19. I believe that this project will make a significant contribution to COVID-19 task force response providing a starting point for an informed and targeted intervention towards controlling the spread of COVID-19 among the fishing community along Lake Victoria. I, therefore, strongly support this idea and i am happy to endorse it. Temadri Peace (talk)